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In addition to Stelter, FORUM will feature a total of three keynote presentations as well as nine topic specific sessions throughout the meeting. The conference opens on Tuesday, June 3 with an early evening welcome reception and runs through the afternoon of Thursday, June 5. On Wednesday evening, June 4, the Beacon Awards® will be presented during a dinner celebration. For a complete listing of days, sessions and related information, go to the FORUM page on the ACC Website and click on the FORUM 2004 Agenda link.
Online conference registration is open and individuals may save $100 off the on-site fee of $1,000 if they register by May 31, 2014. All individuals who registered to attend FORUM 2014 may also attend the Beacon Awards® presentation and diner without additional cost. However, for those individuals who are only attending the awards ceremony, individual tickets for the event are $150. For additional information on FORUM go to the FORUM 2014 page on the ACC Website, https://www.cablecommunicators.org/forum.php. Contact Steve Jones at email@example.com or 202-222-2373 for questions on the conference, Beacon dinner, sponsorship requests or other conference needs.
The video chronicled the origin of the WHCA in 1914 and its evolution during the last 100 years. It examined how today journalists, on this historic assignment, share the spirit of the WHCA’s earliest members and continue to push for access to the President and members of the administration amid the challenges of a modern media landscape. The annual dinner, which dates back to 1921 and now itself merits extensive news coverage, is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady, as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Joel McHale, star of the NBC series Community, was the entertainer headlining the event.
“I’m thrilled that A+E Networks and the History Channel have partnered with the WHCA to generously create and produce a very special video to mark our centennial celebration,” WHCA President Steven Thomma said. “Our annual dinner always includes a lot of laughs and often features entertaining videos. But as we looked ahead to our 100th year, I wanted something different and couldn’t think of a better partner than the History Channel to bring this vision to life. With our experience at the White House and their deep experience and creativity working with historical content, we’ve worked together to tell the story of the Association, including its regrettable chapters and its proud principles. The video was a very special part of the dinner.”
Interviews with President Obama, President Clinton, key historians, press secretaries such as Marlin Fitzwater, Mike McCurry, Dana Perino and the dinner’s past and current celebrity hosts demonstrated how the Association has expanded its activities since its inception. At the core of the WHCA, meanwhile, is the same commitment to maintaining independent news coverage of the President and to nurturing the next generation of journalistic excellence through its scholarship program.
“It’s an honor for History to be able to work with the White House Correspondents’ Association on this most significant project,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO, A+E Networks. “We often point out that history is in our DNA. But being entrusted to tell the official story of this celebrated organization, which itself has documented the country’s great political stories of the past century, reaffirms that we’ve been doing our job well and that others have taken notice. We couldn’t be more excited about forming this special partnership.” For additional information, contact Vicky Kahn at Vicky.Kahn@aenetworks.com or 212-210-9743.
Board of Directors Nominations Due May 16
ACC is seeking nominations of members in good standing to join the Board. If you are interested in being elected or appointed, or know of a person who should be considered for a position on the Board, please contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or firstname.lastname@example.org and include a two to three sentence summary outlining why the individual would be a good Board candidate. For a listing of current Board members, please go to http://www.cablecommunicators.org/aboutus_board.php. The nominations deadline is close-of-business May 16, 2014.
Established in 2006, the Cable Apprentice is an annual, award-winning educational event. The competition gives University of Denver Daniels College of Business graduate school students real-life, cable business case studies for intensive research, analysis, and presentation. The finals were held live in front of an all-star panel of cable executive judges and studio audience at the Comcast Dry Creek facility in Littleton, Colo.
The 2014 Cable Apprentice case explored the business opportunity for Comcast West Division to grow business with “cable nevers.” The case explored whether the category – and specifically the subset of primarily young people - was a legitimate growth opportunity with an underserved segment of the population (and if so, how), or was its viability as a business target overstated?
Three finalist teams were evaluated publicly after detailed presentations and question and answer sessions. Each team was critiqued on various attributes by the board of industry judges. The winning Cable Apprentice team was determined by a combination of the judge’s decision, plus text and Twitter voting from those in attendance at the Comcast Dry Creek facility. For additional information contact Eric Becker at email@example.com or 720-852-4065.
Presented in a themed and fun outdoor environment, the Move it Movement Tour features multiple activity and learning stations for kids, incorporating such core partner organizations as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, NBA/WNBA FIT & NBA Hoop Troop, NFL PLAY 60 and The PGA of America. Parents also will find a variety of educational materials and tip sheets presented by CATCH and Upwave, organizations which serve to empower kids and adults alike with resources that enable them to take more control of their own healthy lifestyle choices.
A national on-air spot featuring the star of Cartoon Network’s original series, Clarence, will premiere May 19 across multiple media platforms including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, CartoonNetwork.com, tour partner’s websites and Cartoon Network’s Facebook page, with nearly 26 million “fans.” Today, Friday, May 9, the network also will introduce a separate Move it Movement Facebook Page to spotlight the schedule of upcoming stops on the 2014 tour, photos of kids and families enjoying the tour activities, highlights/images of partner events promoting healthy lifestyles, plus tip-sheets, videos and direct links to educational materials available at a newly refreshed MoveItMovement.com.
“Cartoon Network has a deep commitment to helping kids live a more balanced and healthy lifestyle, and we’ve enlisted our many partners along with their resources to help families explore more fun and unique ways to realize this goal,” said Alice Cahn, vice president of social responsibility for Cartoon Network. “This annual summer event provides a creative and engaging opportunity for families to get active. It also allows kids a chance to test their skills at a variety of athletic challenges, which can hopefully help springboard them into more formal activities in the future. And parents can pick up any number of educational materials to help them find ways of integrating more physical activity into their kids’ daily lives as well as their own.”
The MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR is part of Cartoon Network’s long-established, pro-social efforts to provide support and encouragement in the ongoing battle against childhood obesity through such varied activities as daily recess, health & wellness education and active after-school involvement.
Top markets currently scheduled for the 2014 tour include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Denver, Sacramento, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Austin, Texas. Local cable affiliates will promote each upcoming tour event with a 30-second television spot that highlights Move it Movement Tour activities along with the date, time and location of the nearby events. For additional information, contact Joe Swaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-885-0657.
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This year’s program expanded to Chicago and Des Moines, Iowa and will more than double past years’ impact by giving high school girls across the country a chance to develop mentoring relationships with industry professionals, build their self-confidence and "say yes to the prom dress.”
“Say Yes to the Prom’s expansion is a testament to the incredible success of the past two years and the power that can be found in the collective effort of partners across the industry,” said Adria Alpert Romm, chief human resources and global diversity officer, Discovery Communications. “Pairing like-minded organizations with creative on-air talent and local vendors has created an unmatched team and incredible initiative – one with the power to make a positive impact on girls across the country.”
Discovery kicked off this year’s national program at the company’s global headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. on March 26, hosting girls from KidsPeace and Magruder High School. To expand the reach of the program, Discovery also partnered with Mediacom to hold Say Yes To The Prom for girls from Roosevelt High School on April 23 at La’ James International College in Des Moines, as well as partnered with Comcast, OWN and Harpo to host girls from Julian High School and Curie Metropolitan High School for the final event at Harpo Studios in Chicago on May 7.
In preparation for the events, employees from Discovery, Harpo Studios, Mediacom and Comcast rallied around the effort donating more than 1,200 dresses for the girls. To further build the relationship between the girls and their employee mentors and to reinforce the day’s overarching goals of building courage and self-confidence, pre-prom mixers and networking events were hosted in each of the cities.
In addition to the day’s style sessions, mentoring events and a red carpet finale, the girls also received a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama, one of the country’s most outspoken champions for the empowerment of young women. For additional information contact Amber Harris at email@example.com or 240-662-5235.
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